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Business Strategy and Development Special Issue on Sustainability

Business strategy and development
Special issue on sustainability

The role of SDGs for progressing sustainability

Call for manuscripts
The journal is presently planning a special issue on the relation between economy and a sustainable development.

The idea of a sustainable development stresses the creation of resilient ecological, social and economic systems by respecting the natural and given limits of ecological viability and capacity (Arnold, 2017). Sustainable development aims at societies where living conditions and resource use continue to meet human needs without undermining the integrity and stability of the natural systems. In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the "universal, integrated and transformative" 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The goals have to be implemented and achieved in every country in the period from the 2016 to 2030. This constitutes a major challenge to the global and national economy as well as business enterprises. Following sustainable principles has often been regarded as an obstacle to economic profit, but few investigations have been made on the matter. There is also the question of how it might boost the economy. Last but not least, it is an urgent matter to achieve a sustainable economy.
Thus, the critical question as to whether and how companies implement SDGs in their strategies, innovations, and diversity concerns remains largely unsolved. How do companies implement SDGs in their strategies, innovations, and diversity concerns? Looking particularly at companies there is a great variation from strategic planning and processes integrating sustainability challenges and initiating sustainability-related organisational learning (Arnold, 2015). The integration of diverse stakeholders as well as taking gender issues more into account can be clues for accomplishing SDGs into strategies, activities, new business models and new inclusive models. However, there are also critical voices concerning the SDGs in terms of an allegedly fractal framework resulting in contradictory goals, neglecting trade-offs widely or retarding the realisation and progress of specific goals.
The special issue should bring new perspectives and excellent research on these questions. In this regard the special issue is seeking for different types of submissions (e.g., original research paper, review article, commentaries) from various scholarly domains. We also encourage manuscripts embedding multiple perspectives or diversified methods.

Addressed major topics and guiding research questions include, but are not restricted to, the following:
Corporate Sustainability
- How are the SDGs directly addressed by SMEs and large companies and embedded in the companies’ strategy?
- Will the SDGs guide to and aim at a new corporate sustainability understanding and management?
- Are there differences between local operating and multinational companies in facing SDGs?
- What kind of trade-offs and rebound effects might occur by objecting to SDGs?
- How can SDGs be linked to national sustainability strategies best?
Sustainability and Innovation
- Are SDGs explicitly integrated into innovation development?
- Are there differences between types of innovations or new design forms in different SDGs?
- What is the impact of the creative industries like design and art?
- What kinds of inclusive or frugal innovations are stimulated by the SDGs?
- What new types of business models are linked to innovation and sustainability?
Sustainability and Gender
- What role does gender play in achieving the goals of the SDGs?
- How could a more active use of gender issues have?
- What role do female stakeholders play in fostering the implementation of SDGs?
Sustainability Theory and Science
- Are the SDGs old wine in new skins?
- What determines a real progress concerning sustainability practice and management by introducing SDGs?
- How can sustainability theory and science be enriched by SDGs?
- Is the establishment of the SDGs a new driver for growth?
- What is the additional benefit of introducing SDGs compared to already existing concepts?

Guidelines for submission and important dates
Authors should refer to the Business Strategy & Development website and the instructions on submitting a paper. For more information click here
The manuscripts should not exceed 6.000 words and be submitted by January 1 2018.
Questions related to expectations, appropriateness of topics, and so forth are highly welcomed and may be directed to the co-editors.

Co-editors and contacts

Professor Dr. Astrid Skjerven, Oslo and Akershus University College of the Applied Sciences, Department of Product Design.

Professor Dr. Marlen Gabriele Arnold, Chemnitz University of Technology, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Corporate Environmental Management,

Katja Schneider, Chemnitz University of Technology, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Corporate Environmental Management,

Sustainable Development
Special issue on architecture and planning

Call for contributions

Nuno Martins, researcher, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon
Astrid Skjerven, professor, Department of Product Design, Oslo and Akershus University College, Oslo
Martina Keitsch, professor, Department of design, NTNU, Trondheim
Michael U. Hensel, professor, Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Oslo

The issue will pay special attention to the current facts that shape our world, as listed by the Sustainable Development Goals in the Goal 11: Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Half of humanity is today living in cities, 95 per cent of urban expansion in the next decades will take place in the developing world and 828 million people live in slums, a number that keeps rising.
Contributions from the followings areas will be particularly welcomed:
•Discussion of key concepts, methods and applications in cutting-edge sustainable urban design and architecture.
•Discussion of the impact of innovative ecological design approaches and appliances in development projects.
•The role of stakeholders in the design of the sustainable city and region development.
•The dimensions of green design and architecture - fostering sustainable lessons in vernacular building traditions and enhancing communities and heritage-based projects.
•Community-based studies that look at the environmental, economic, social, but also cultural and ideological dimensions of sustainability, embracing the concept of well-being.

Time schedule
Submission of abstracts: within July 31 2017
Feedback from editors: within August 15 2017
Submission of full papers: within September 15 2017
First peer review: within October 15 2017
Submission of revised papers: within November 15 1017
Second peer review: within December15 2017
Information on selected papers within January 15 2018
Publication: June or July 2018

Please send abstracts of 800-1200 words in PDF format to: and

African Studies Review Pipeline for Emerging African Scholars Workshop. October 11, 2017- University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana

African Studies Review Pipeline for Emerging African Scholars Workshop

In Collaboration with the African Studies Association of Africa

October 11, 2017

University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana

The African Studies Review (ASR) convenes Pipeline for Emerging African Scholars (PEAS) Workshops, in collaboration with the African Studies Association of Africa (ASAA, to stimulate, solicit, and further develop high quality journal submissions from Africa-based scholars under the close mentorship of senior Africanists from the continent and beyond. In collaboration with the ASAA the ASR will sponsor a PEAS workshop at the University of Ghana, Legon, on October 11, 2017. Scholars who wish to submit a proposal are, ideally, post-doctoral researchers, newly minted PhDs with works-in-progress currently underway, and soon-to-submit PhD students. Emerging scholars will have an opportunity to work closely with senior scholars to re-work a pre-circulated draft article.

Please visit the following website for more information about the registration: click here

Special issue: Design for Diversity

Special issue: Design for Diversity

Call for manuscripts

The journal Form Akademisk is an open access, peer-reviewed scientific forum for the documentation of design and design education research, broadly defined. Please, find the journal at

The journal is presently planning a special issue on design for diversity.

Cultural diversity can be defined as the rich variation that exists between different cultures, as opposed to a society marked by a monoculture, such as the global monoculture. The phrase is also sometimes used to denote the variety of human societies or cultures in a specific region, or in the world as a whole. This has great impact on how products and services should be shaped to satisfy the various socio-cultural and geographic segments of the market. It constitutes a great challenge to designers and design educators. We hope to initiate a broad cross disciplinary discussion on the topic, that addresses all the main dimensions of the theme. Suggested major topics:

- The dimensions and meanings of cultural diversity
- Politics and power
- Transmission and transition of cultures
- Heritage and innovation
- Indigenous and vernacular traditions versus fashion
- Gender cultures
- Design and learning approaches

The manuscripts should should not exceed 6,000 words and be submitted by November 30th 2017.

Please follow the Author Guidelines outlined at the following link: and use the journal’s style sheet at: .

Relevant manuscripts will be subject to double blind peer reviewing, upon which the editorial committee will make its selection.

Astrid Skjerven, Professor PhD, Oslo and Akershus University College of the Applied Sciences (main guest editor).

Richard Daly, PhD, Anthropological consultant, Canadian First Nations.

Liv Lande, PhD, Cultural consultant, Japan’s embassy in Norway (guest editor).

Janne Beate Reitan, Associate Professor, PhD, Oslo and Akershus University College of the Applied sciences, Form Akademisk Editor-in-chief.

Result ISDRS Board Election 2016-2017

After the summer break the ISDRS organized elections for two board members, whose first term in the Board ended and for four newly nominated board members, who are partly replacing some board members who served their 2 terms of 3 years in the ISDRS Board, according to our statute (see We are very happy to announce that all six candidates have been (re-)elected with a substantial majority of the votes by the eligible members of the ISDRS (Green+ members).

Therefore, firstly, we congratulate Tomas Ramos and Volker Mauerhofer with their re-election. We trust in your continued contribution to the further growth of our Society! Secondly, we congratulate and welcome Marlen Arnold (Germany); Anne Wallis (Australia), Simon Bell (UK) and Rodrigo Lozano (Sweden). Please read about them on the following page board members page. We are sure they will be adding new energy to the our worldwide community and we are looking forward to our continued and intensified collaboration.

23rd ISDRS conference, June 14-16 in Bogotá, Colombia

The International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) is pleased to announce its 23rd Annual conference to be held on June 14-16 in Bogotá, Colombia; hosted by the Universidad de los Andes School of Management (UASM)!

Inclusive Sustainability for Development: How to engage academy, government, communities and business

The ISDRS 2017 Core Themes are:
Theme I.         Sustainable Development Science
Theme II.        Ecosystem Pressures and Limits
Theme III.       Climate Change and Energy
Theme IV.      Sustainable Land Use & Sustainable Cities
Theme V.        Sustainability: Transitions and Innovations in Organisations
Theme VI.      Society, Quality of Life and Sustainability
Theme VII.     Institutions and Governance Structures for Sustainable Development


  • Abstract Submission Opening: 24 October 2016
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 December 2016
  • Accepted Abstract Notification: 15 February 2017
  • Early Bird Registration Online: 31 March 2017

For more information about the conference, visit:






Participants of the GRSP&C 2015 are calling on national Governments for action COP 21

During the Global Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption (GRSP&C) that took place in Barcelona (Spain) last month, participants (including ISDRS members) have agreed on composing and signing a statement to COP 21. The goal of the statement is accelerating the transition to equitable, sustainable, post-fossil carbon societies. Below is the full statement as sent to the UNFCCC at the start of COP 21.

Global Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption (GRSP&C)

Accelerating the transition to equitable, sustainable, post-fossil carbon societies

Melia Sitges Hotel, Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, 13:05–15:35, Maestral 4 room

Statement to COP 21[1]

On behalf of the participants of the GRSP&C 2015 we are calling on national Governments for action in the following areas to achieve the stated goals:

  1. COP 21 World Leaders and Governments to reach a strong and binding climate agreement during COP 21 and to fulfil the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development 2015–2030.
  2. For governments to commit to a global goal of net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050, and to embed this in the agreement to be signed at COP21 in Paris.
  3. For businesses to match this ambition by committing to long-term targets and driving low-carbon solutions to scale – thereby enabling the world to achieve the net-zero 2050 target.
  4. For both businesses and governments to adopt meaningful and effective carbon pricing.
  5. For governments to end all fossil fuel subsidies, and to shift this capital to help scale affordable renewable energy solutions to enable wider economic transformation.
  6. For both businesses and governments to ensure the benefits of responses to climate change flow to vulnerable and impoverished communities that suffer disproportionately from climate change and are least equipped to cope with its impacts.
  7. Invite, challenge, support and showcase universities and colleges as living laboratories and agents of change for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
  8. Acknowledge the connection between climate change impacts and systematically embedded social and economic structures that disadvantage, harm, and kill people all over the world.
  9. Invest significant financial support to promote national and regional energy transition.
  10. Develop and implement policy frameworks that embed accountability and responsibility for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Changes in infrastructures and available customer choices are required for sustainable consumption break through. Politicians shall not run away from governing for strong sustainable consumption. Individual consumers will play a key role. Bridging the ‘attitude-behaviour’ or ‘values-action gap’ is needed; it requires time for research, right price policy, information and the cognitive effort.

Future research in e.g. systems science for cross-disciplinary and cross-sector leadership and innovation for sustainability, consumer behaviour and practices, connections consumption-environment, consumption-sustainability and consumption-quality of life, envisioning sustainable future, as well as impact of sustainable consumption policies, implementation and dissemination studies and experiments are needed.

Together with continental Roundtables on Sustainable Production and Consumption we will cooperate with international networks, organisations and Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to fulfil the above Conclusions and the Statment in the next years.

Accelerate the transition: clean world campaign – come out with global consensus!

[1] The twenty-first Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) taking place from 30 November to 11 December 2015 in Paris, France

Board of ISDRS – results of annual voting process

According to the charter of the International Sustainable Development Research Society, all green+ members (these are those who are at least for 2 years member of the society) have the active and the passive voting right for the board of directors of the society. New candidates are nominated by the board; these nominations are mainly based on proposals from the members meetings hold at each annual conference. Four people had been nominated for this year’s election: Walter Vermeulen (president, to be re-elected Board Member), Pauline Deutz (vie-president, to be re-elected Board Member), Rupert J. Baumgartner (executive secretary, to be re-elected Board Member) and Astrid Skjerven (New candidate Board Member). We are happy to announce that all nominees where elected with a great majority by the green+ members in an online voting process.

We welcome especially our new colleague in the board of ISDRS: Dr. Astrid Skjerven is Professor in design theory at the Department of Product Design, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway. She has a doctorate in design history from The University of Oslo. Her special field of interest is the phenomenon of Scandinavian design in a global context, the impact of design on daily life, and cultural sustainability.

Getting Product Prices Right

In November 2015 the International Sustainable Research Society (ISDRS) is organizing a special session at the Global Cleaner Production & Sustainable Consumption Conference with the main theme “Accelerating the Transition to Equitable Post Fossil-Carbon Societies”.

The topic of “Making next steps in Getting Product Prices Right: Challenges and Opportunities for Approaches for Disclosing the Hidden Parts of the Prices of Products”.

Time and location are: Sitges, Barcelona, Spain, 1-4 November 2015.


The meeting will be chaired by Dr. W.J.V. Vermeulen (Utrecht University, Prof. dr. G.A. Norris (Harvard University) and Prof. dr. Rupert Baumgartner (University of Graz) we are organizing a special session on This special session will be

The aim of this special session to bring together those who in practice are working with various approaches for disclosing the hidden prices of products or who are developing such approaches (see the flyer).